News Roundup 5/17/18

  • The police officer who retired after failing to enter the Parkland school during the school shooting will receive a $100,000/annual pension. [Link]
  • The Senate passes a bill that reverses the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. [Link]
  • North Korea postpones talks with South Korea because of US war games. [Link]
  • North Korea issues a statement criticizing NSA John Bolton. Bolton has proposed that North Korea engage in Libyan-style denuclearisation. [Link]
  • ISIS claims responsibility for a sword attack in Indonesia. Four attackers and one police officer were killed. [Link]
  • The US and several Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, place sanctions on the Leader of Hezbollah. [Link]
  • The Iranian Foreign Minister says talks to save the Iran Deal with Europe are off to a positive start. [Link]
  • The EU is willing to pass legislation to block US sanctions on Iran. [Link]
  • The US blocks a UN Security Council resolution that would investigate the Israeli murders of Palestinian protesters. [Link]
  • Maj. Danny Sjursen on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn on the victory of Iraqi Cleric Sadr’s bloc [Link]
  • Gunmen have some polling stations in Kirkuk under siege. Elections officials are still working on recounting votes. [Link]
  • Two of Sadr’s empty offices were bombed. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains why now is the time to stop funding the Iraqi Army. [Link]
  • The Special Investigator for Afghanistan found the Pentagon undercounted the size of the Afghan Army. The Pentagon first reported that the Afghan Army numbers are down 30,000 troops from last year. The Pentagon now reports that Afghan Border Patrol joined the Afghan Army adding 17,000 troops to their numbers. [Link]
  • The Taliban withdraw from Farah City. [Link]
  • Fighting breaks out between Somaliland and Puntland in Somalia. Four were killed in the fighting. [Link]
  • A new Ebola outbreak has spread to the Congo. [Link]
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